My Casa worker told us about the church that his nephew attends in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s called the Church at Brook Hills. The pastor did a series last year on James, & mainly talked about faith & works. I have thoroughly enjoyed these sermons! Each week I have at least 2 hours in the car of travel time taking fosters to visits, so I’ve been working my way through this series. His sermons are a lot like a lot of current pastors, lots of stories & not quite as much scripture as I’d like. & he does what drives me nuts that so many pastors do: “Alright, let’s get right into the word…open your Bible to such & such…then proceeds with a 3-8 min story.” But none the less….I think he’s really spurred his congregation to radically change. He never apologizes about stepping on toes, but does it with Biblical backing & authority.
Anyways, the reason our CASA worker told us about it is that during the series, after reading James 1:27 :
“27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
he called the local CPS office & asked how many foster families they needed. they said 150 more. they only had 30 something in their county. a few weeks later over 160 families in their church signed a card with the intent to foster &/or adopt!! the Case workers were in tears & stunned. THIS IS WHAT THE CHURCH IS CALLED TO DO!!
I keep thinking that I would love to help our church get fired up about this, but I’m afraid that I’ll be hit with a resistant wall, or I worry that this is just my passion, but other’s passions are just as valid. blah blah blah.
The other awesome thing that their church is doing after the faith series is what they call the radical experiment. They went through every line in their church budget to see for 1 year what could be cut to help the dying children around the world. amazing. inspiring. life-changing. (mine at least)
here’s a link to their church….or go to Itunes & download the faith series from FAll 2009.
& here’s a link to their radical experiment.
One of these days I’m gonna visit this church.
Here are some facts I just got off the TX department of family protective services:
- More than 6,000 abused and neglected children in Texas are awaiting adoption and about 60 percent of them are age 6 or older.
- In FY 2007 CPS received over 241,000 reports of child abuse and neglect, completed 163,466 investigations and confirmed that over 71,000 children were victims of child abuse.